Saturday, June 29, 2013

Photo masterclass -- a series to help you improve your wildlife and nature photography

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Each one has a pdf that can be downloaded

Welcome to our exclusive series to help you improve your wildlife and nature photography. First up, how to take better landscape photographs.

Mammal portraits are one of the trickier subjects for the wildlife photographer. But by knowing your subject intimately, using your imagination and employing our expert tips, you can improve your pictures dramatically.

You might think that plants make easy photographic subjects, but there are many things you need to consider to bring out the best in your floral pictures. 

A sunrise or sunset can transform an ordinary setting or subject into something really magical, but how do you take advantage of this beautiful light? 

The sea is one of the most challenging places to get great photos, but don’t be put off – with our experts’ advice your efforts will be more than rewarded.  

Many wildlife photographers simply ignore 99.9 per cent of potential subjects – invertebrates. In this masterclass, we show that small can be beautiful.

Now it's time for an even greater challenge - capturing moving targets. If you follow our experts’ advice on fieldcraft, good technique and equipment, you may surprise yourself.
Pulling back from your subject and revealing the world in which it lives enables you to imbue the image with tension and drama. But to make this work, here are a few simple but important lessons.

Birds make fabulous photographic subjects. But to get close to your subject you must concentrate on your field skills as much as your photographic ability. 

Don’t ignore reptiles and amphibians – they can be the most rewarding photographic subjects you’ll ever encounter. You just need a bit of old-fashioned fieldwork and plenty of patience to capture a really special image. 

It’s time to free your mind to take truly unforgettable photographs. Use your imagination to create an inspirational vision – a unique, perhaps abstract view of wildlife or wild places. You’ll have to work hard and think laterally, but it’s very rewarding.

Don't assume that you need good weather to take good photos – sometimes the opposite is true. We reveal how stormy skies and pouring rain can be your friends, bringing intriguing light, mood and emotion to your images.

Frost, ice and snow not only change the appearance of the world around us, but also the way animals behave. This offers great possibilities for taking unusual, beautifully lit photographs. 

Strip away the colour and a well-composed photograph will often increase in power. The very best black and white photos have a pure graphic quality that oozes emotion and energy. This month, learn to think creatively and take photographs of wildlife that really tell a story.

Many photographers assume that you have to travel into the ‘wilds’ to take great pictures of wildlife. Not true! There are lots of beautiful, unusual and often poignant opportunities on your doorstep – you just need to know how to make the most of them.

The best way to photograph exotic animals – without the expense or carbon emissions of a trip abroad – is to visit a zoo. But just because the animals are captive doesn't mean a great photo is guaranteed. You need to capture a sense of the animal’s wild character.

Watching the birdie is not as simple as it sounds. Solid fieldcraft, endless patience, lightning-fast reflexes and a deep understanding of your subjects’ lifestyles and habits are vital if you want to capture inspiring images of bird behaviour.

Though there are plenty of subjects to choose from, actually photographing mammals in action is a very exacting skill. Planning and patience are important, as is knowledge of your subject’s behaviour – sometimes you have to predict what it’s going to do next to capture the moment. 

If you can get really close to your subject, you can enter a new world of wildlife photography. It’s a place of great beauty, seldom visited by most other people. But you need to draw on your imagination and all your artistic skills to create a vision from the detail. 

Trying out new methods and techniques allows you to step back from subject-led wildlife images and expand your photographic repertoire. The results created with flash photography, time-lapse and camera traps can be both fascinating and fun. 

October is a highlight of the wildlife photography calendar. As some of the world's finest photographers descend on London for Wildlife Photographer of the Year, we invite 10 of the big names speaking at WildPhotos to share their top tips.

Heather Angel shares some of her top tips on how to photograph nature and wildlife.

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